London remains top spot for stolen and recovered cars in 2016

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According to the latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2016 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered. Essex comes in second, ousting Greater Manchester which moves down to seventh place.

The most popular car among London’s thieves is the BMW X5, which also hit the most popular stolen and recovered lists in Essex, the West Midlands and Merseyside; the BMW X5 was the most stolen and recovered car of 2016 overall.  The most expensive stolen car that was recovered in 2016 was a Mercedes Benz from London worth £120,000.  TRACKER’s figures also reveal that a Mercedes C Class worth £2,000 was the least expensive car stolen in London in 2016, proving that thieves don’t just target the cars of the rich and famous.

“London is the theft and recovery hot spot for the fifth year running, proving that the Capital is a major draw for criminals,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “However, there have been some interesting shifts in regional theft and recovery activity when we compare 2016 to 2015.  Leicestershire – which tied 10th with Lancashire in 2015 – and Hertfordshire have both disappeared from the 2016 league table and South Yorkshire makes an entry at 9th place. West Yorkshire jumps up the table to 5th place, joining Kent. Surrey, like London, remains static at 6th place.”

“What’s also important to note is that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015. Thieves also target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers.

“Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they do increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

TRACKER’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED
2016 2015
1. London and Greater London 1. London and Greater London
2. Essex 2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands 3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = West Yorkshire/Kent 4. Essex
6. Surrey 5. Kent
7. Greater Manchester 6. Surrey
8. Merseyside 7. West Yorkshire
9. South Yorkshire 8. Hertfordshire
10. Lancashire 9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
Source; Tracker